Van Graan’s England move confirmed

Bath have officially announced the appointment of outgoing Munster head coach Johann van Graan on a long-term contract from the 2022-23 season.

The former Springbok forwards coach and current Munster head coach will join Bath for the 2022-23 season having served five successful years with the United Rugby Championship side, during which he has led Munster to two Champions Cup semi-finals, three league semi-finals, and a PRO14 final earlier this year.

Neal Hatley will continue as head coach through to the end of the 2021-22 season leading the coaching group, which includes Brent Janse van Rensburg in the role of defence coach for the 2021-22 season as announced on Tuesday.

Following his appointment, Van Graan will be able to draw on significant expertise from the current coaching group. Specific roles and responsibilities will be communicated in due course.

Commenting on his appointment, Van Graan said: “I am hugely excited for the opportunity to join Bath for the 2022-23 season. I see huge potential in this club, the players, coaches and staff. I am coming to Bath to work with everyone, and to achieve great success with everyone at the club.”

Van Graan’s experience includes his role as Springbok forwards coach, winning the bronze medal in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He also played a key coaching role for the Bulls in winning three Super Rugby titles in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Throughout his career Van Graan has also developed a long line of players to greatness on the international stage both in Ireland and South Africa.

Commenting on the new structure, Bath chief executive Tarquin McDonald said: “We have huge ambition at Bath.

“Johann is a world-class coach who will play a fundamental role in our future success.

“He will hold full responsibility for our game, focused on delivering winning performances. I am delighted to announce this appointment and look forward to welcoming Johann and his family to Bath this summer.”

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